Who’s ready to start making salads of all kinds, fire up the bbq, and sit out on the deck in the warm spring sun? *Raises both hands and waves them frantically around like a maniac*
Great, well let’s get to it then!
I love pizza. I also love pasta. So combining the two seems like a pretty darn good idea, dontcha think? You do?? I’m so glad we think alike! :)
This is a Kraft recipe. I don’t make many of their recipes because I find that they rely a little too much on convenience products for my taste. A recipe that starts off with a box of Kraft Dinner? No thanks!
But as I was looking through a stack of old what’s cooking magazines the other day, my eyes alighted on this pizza pasta salad recipe.
It sounded really good. I had (mostly) all the ingredients. It was not overladen with convenience products. So I made it! How’s that for short and to the point? ;)
The ingredients in this salad really make me long for summer. I can’t wait to have a big, bushy basil plant growing wildly on the back deck again. Luckily, I did have some that I’d tucked away in the freezer last summer that I was able to use. If you don’t have any fresh basil, just sprinkle in some dried, it’ll be just fine :)
And don’t be afraid to add other favorite pizza ingredients like bell pepper and red onion.
Here’s my slightly adapted version. I hope y’all give this a try and enjoy it! Until next time, happy cooking :)
Pizza Pasta Salad
- 3 cups medium shell pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
- 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced or chopped pepperoni
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup Italian dressing
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
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